Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...

...It's been a few weeks since my last link roundup! Between covering back-to-back film festivals in April and then traveling to Arizona for our son's college graduation earlier this month, it's been a busy few weeks. I have so many links saved up it will probably take two or three posts to share them all!

...Happy birthday to Jimmy Lydon, who was 93 Monday! I most recently enjoyed Lydon in an excellent Western, THE DESPERADO (1954), costarring Wayne Morris and Beverly Garland.

...A couple more links regarding the TCM Classic Film Festival: From Monica Castillo at L.A. Weekly, Why Young People Go Nuts for the TCM Classic Film Festival, and by Daniel Schindel at L.A. Magazine, If You Think Throwing a Classic Film Fest Together is Easy, You're Wrong.

...In addition to my posts here, I also covered the TCM Classic Film Festival for ClassicFlix.

...Coming soon from the Warner Archive: A four-film set of RKO "B" films starring Lee Tracy, including the delightful CRASHING HOLLYWOOD (1938).

...Also coming from the Archive: Blu-rays of SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) and THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945).

...Speaking of John Wayne, the star of the previous two titles, here's some lovely writing by Sheila O'Malley on ANGEL AND THE BADMAN (1947) and HONDO (1953), at her blog The Sheila Variations. She does a wonderful job capturing Wayne's physical grace and acting ability.

...We've become Dutch Bros. fans on our trips to Oregon, and we were happy to discover one had opened in Flagstaff on our last trip, seen here at the right. This story is a great illustration of some of what we love about the chain. It's always an upbeat, positive place to visit.

...Glenn Erickson has written wonderful reviews of the new Flicker Alley releases of WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950) and TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949).

...For more on these films, Farran Smith Nehme, aka the Self-Styled Siren, has written about both titles for FilmComment.

...Lizabeth Scott, star of TOO LATE FOR TEARS, lived in the Hollywood Hills for decades. I recently came across photos of her home which were published in the L.A. Times just about a year ago. I love her backyard!

...Raquel of Out of the Past is hosting another Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge this year! I successfully completed my lists in 2013 and 2014 but only finished two of my 2015 books last summer, as life got busy due to our daughter's wedding. I may give it a fresh try this year, as I have a couple books to review in the near future -- and I'd like to finally finish a couple I started last summer!

...Royalty Watch: Photos from the christening of little Prince Oscar of Sweden last Friday.

...The Netflix GILMORE GIRLS revival is officially named GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE.

...Here's KC at A Classic Movie Blog with an interesting look at Gene Tierney's villainess in the great LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945).

...I was rather sad to see the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank was recently renamed the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

...It was interesting to learn that character actor Morris Ankrum had an actor son, David, whose work including dubbing the voice of Wedge in the original STAR WARS (1977).

...Attention Southern Californians: This Saturday, June 4th, there's an evening of Disney's Silly Symphonies at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, accompanied live by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. I saw these cartoons with an orchestra at last summer's D23 Expo, and it was a truly wonderful experience.

...The 30th Annual Last Remaining Seats series, showing classic films at great Downtown L.A. theatres, also kicks off Saturday. Movies will be shown at the Orpheum Theatre, the Million Dollar Theatre, and the Los Angeles Theatre, to name a few. (For a related post, please visit my 2014 photos of Los Angeles Movie Palaces.)

...More for Southern Californians: The work of Disney artist Eyvind Earle, who designed the look of SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959), is on display at the Forest Lawn Glendale Museum through next New Year's Day.

...Be sure to check out my list of L.A. area classic film screenings coming up in June!

...Notable Passing: Maureen O'Hara's daughter, Brownwyn FitzSimons, passed away late last week. Her death comes just seven months after her mother's passing in October 2015.

...My last link roundup post may be found here.

Have a great week!


Blogger Jerry E said...

Hi Laura!
Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Sheila O'Malley's great writings on the natural acting talent and charisma of John Wayne. So many things written about him state that he was no actor. This ignores the evidence completely. Instead they obsess about his politics. Sheila's understanding of acting and Wayne's towering place in cinema is spot-on IMHO.

3:27 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Jerry! I hope more people will check out Sheila's appreciations of Wayne. I especially enjoyed the way she points out how he makes horseshoes while having a conversation in HONDO.

Best wishes,

9:54 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Thanks for the hat tip. Such sad news about Bronwyn FitzSimons. She didn't outlast her mother by much did she?

4:28 PM  

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